John Travolta faces gay boycott over Scientology

Scientologist John Travolta is facing a gay boycott of his new movie.

Travolta turned himself into a chubby female for the role of Edna Turnblad in the remake of Hairspray.

But activists are calling for the community to shun the film, alleging that Scientology is homophobic.

“It’s well known that Scientology has operated reparative therapy clinics to try and ‘cure’ gays,” said Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff.

“Scientologists are required to donate a hefty portion of their income to the church.

“So, by going to this movie, gay people are literally putting money into an organization that seeks to ‘cure’ them.”

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote in his 1950 best selling Dianetics book that gay people were “sexual perverts” and “very ill physically”.

Travolta refused to comment on the proposed boycott.

But the New York branch of the Church of Scientology has hit out at Naff.

“Scientology doesn’t try to tell people what their sexual orientation should be.

“The emphasis is on helping people survive better in the world,” spokesman John Carmichael said.

“If a person comes into Scientology and they are involved in doing anything that they consider detrimental to their survival, then they can change that compulsion.”

Hairspray is set to his cinemas next month.

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